Accused in CHC case hire elite lawyers

SINGAPORE - Five of the six accused in the high-profile City Harvest Church (CHC) funds misappropriation case have hired Senior Counsels (SC) to represent them in court, The Straits Times reported.

CHC chairman John Lam Leng Hung, 44, has hired SC Kenneth Tan and lawyer Nicholas Narayanan of Nicholas & Tan.

CHC vice-chairman Tan Ye Peng, 39, has hired SC Chelva Rajah and N Sreenivasan of Straits Law.

Finance manager Sharon Tan Shao Yuen, 36, is being represented by SC Kannan Ramesh and Jeffrey Ong of JLC Advisors; and Chew Eng Han, 52, by SC Francis Xavier.

Former finance chief Serina Wee, 35, who has just been charged today of six counts of criminal breach of trust and four for falsifying accounts, has hired SC Andre Maniam.

Senior Counsels are, by definition, the elite of the profession.

The only one who has not hired a Senior Counsel is founding pastor Kong Hee, 47, who has engaged Member of Parliament Edwin Tong, to represent him instead.

The case had been adjourned to Aug 30 for a pre-trial conference.

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